Friday, 28 April 2017


Welcome to Sally's book-a-day-for-2017 blog. If unfamiliar with the blog, scroll down.

Great! (Post 118)

Great! (1997), is part of another book in the series commissioned, as far as I recall, to supplement existing texts and to replace some that were deemed too far removed from Australian children's experience. I seem to remember someone saying the originals contained vicars and pony traps.
Like Peace and Quiet , Post 117, Great! is about Rebecca, Josh and Marcus. Mostly, it's about Josh and Marcus when they first arrive at the camping ground. Josh is much attached to Old Bear, whom he hugs throughout the book. His cousin Marcus is much more extroverted. He has a monster mask, and he wants to play monsters, tell monster stories and camp out in the tent although it's raining. Marcus is not being deliberately unkind; he's just a loud child with boundless enthusiasm. Everything is Great! to Marcus... until the tent falls down!

This is a story about differing personalities, how they interact, and how introverts and extroverts might manage to enjoy themselves without abandoning the monster masks and Old Teds in their lives. It's also one of a very few of my books with punctuation as part of the title. Kayak! (Post 59) is another.

About the Blog 

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. If you enjoyed a post, or want to ask about any of my books or my manuscript assessment service, post a comment and I'll get back to you.

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